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Letter: Wanting action on aliens doesn’t make one a racist

Wanting action on aliens doesn’t make one a racist

Politically, I consider myself a constitutional conservative. I have read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And while I haven’t read all 85 essays, I know of the Federalist Papers, who wrote them and why.

That being said, I have to state that I am very tired of being labeled a xenophobe, racist and anti-immigrant because I want action on illegal aliens. To the contrary, I am quite in favor of legal immigration, with some common-sense limitations. What I am not in favor of are illegal aliens, no matter how they got here, who then demand that they be given the same rights and privileges that should be reserved for legal U.S. citizens.

While the Constitution was written to limit the scope of the federal government, control over immigration and national border security are two areas that are indeed the responsibility of the federal government. How, then, can cities and states declare themselves “sanctuaries” and defy congressionally passed immigration laws and the enforcement of same?

And when it comes to Congress, why are completely different issues considered in the same legislation? A glaring recent example is the idea that some members wanted to tie DACA to the budget debate. What does one have to do with the other? But they do this all the time, on myriad issues. Several of the Founding Fathers expressed the notion that any proposed legislation should be brief, concise, and understandable to the average citizen. Instead, we have bills passing through the House and Senate that are hundreds and even thousands of pages long.

It has been said before; the Founders must be spinning like pinwheels in their graves over what has happened to this country.

Philip Kaczmarek

Cheektowaga

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